The Principal Nursing Officer at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Rose Anima Quartey has advised expectant mothers not to attempt having their babies at home due to fears of contracting Covid-19 at health institutions.
She said delivering at a health facility ensures the safety of the baby and mother.
Madam Quartey disclosed this when our Reporter Josephine Akari visited theKorle Bu and Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge to find out the number of new deliveries on the first day of the New Year.
As at the time of visit, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had eighteen new borns as at 12am whilesRidge Hospital had three as at 2pm. Nothing is as refreshing as hearing the cry of a new born baby. To many especially expectant mothers, a baby delivered on New Year’s Day is a double-barreled blessing to the family.
It is the joy of every mother to have safe delivery especially when the baby arrives just at the beginning of the year. At the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 18 babies, made up of 10 girls and 8 boys were delivered between 12: 30am and 12pm while the Ridge Hospital delivered three baby girls today.
The Principal Nursing Officer, Rose Anima Quartey said the deliveries were very successful and medical staff did not have any challenges. She lauded fathers for staying and supporting their wives throughout the journey.
” The first delivery was at 12:30 am, so when the baby was delivered we all jubilated. Normal deliveries, ideally for Ghana, we advise that we all deliver in a health facility. But home deliveries for now, we don’t encourage.”
The Midwifery Officer at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Victoria Yeboah said the facility had a normal delivery of the babies even though some of the women were transferred there for Cesarean Section.
She said the hospital has put strict measures in place to observe the protocols of Covid-19 and ensure the safety of the mothers.
” Most client are being transferred here for caecerrian section, as soon as they get here, we do our cross check to see whether is necessary, otherwise we opt for normal delivery.
All the safety protocols of covid-19 are put in place to make sure that every mother is secured.
The mothers expressed their gratitude to the hospitals for safe delivery.
By Josephine Akari.